Before Las Vegas was famous for gambling and casinos and mafia, there was divorce. Divorce tourism was once big business for the state of Nevada. It all began shortly after the Great Depression started. In 1931, the Nevada legislature passed two important bills to spur economic growth. One legalized gambling and the second changed the divorce residency requirements from six months to six weeks while adding nine grounds for divorce including the catchall “extreme cruelty entirely mental in nature”. Most states at this time required a one year wait after filing for divorce and only allowed proven adultery and abandonment as grounds.
This is our podcast going into the unknown history of divorce ranches. We've added photos and film clips to illustrate the divorce ranch history. Consider this a mini Las Vegas history documentary about a side of Las Vegas you never heard of before. Las Vegas history is much more than the mob. Las Vegas history is much more than gambling and casinos. This is the Las Vegas history video for you if you think you know what happens in Vegas.
Read more about Las Vegas divorce ranches on our blog: https://www.lasvegasnevada.gov/News/Blog/Detail/las-vegas-divorce-ranches
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